Northeast Conference on Science & Skepticism
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City

Speakers

NECSS 2017 Confirmed Speakers

Mike Massimino

Former NASA Astronaut (Keynote Speaker)

Leighann Lord

Emcee

James Randi

Magician & Skeptic

Gavin Schmidt

NASA Climatologist

Britt Marie Hermes

Former Naturopath

Summer Ash

Astrophysicist

Julia Galef

Rationally Speaking podcast

Cara Santa Maria

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Massimo Pigliucci

Philosopher

Nina Burleigh

Journalist, Newseek

Steve Novella

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Helaine Olen

Journalist, Slate

Jay Novella

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Jennifer Lopez

NASA Datanaut Corps

George Hrab

Musican

Brian Wecht

Comedian, Musician & Physicist

John Rennie

AccessScience

David Gorski

Society for Science-Based Medicine

Harriet Hall

Society for Science-Based Medicine

Clay Jones

Society for Science-Based Medicine

Brooke Binkowski

Managing Editor, Snopes

Robyn Stein DeLuca

Psychologist

Spiro Condos

NYC Skeptics

Yelena Bernadskaya

NYC Skeptics

Steve Lundquist

Skeptical activist

Evan Bernstein

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Bob Novella

The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe

Niki Athanasiadou

Research Scientist

About NECSS

Every year NECSS welcomes attendees from all over the world for a celebration of science and critical thinking. NECSS weekend activities include workshops, panel discussions, individual presentations, live podcasts, social gatherings, and live entertainment.

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About NECSS

Each year NECSS (pronounced “nexus”) welcomes over 400 attendees to New York City for a celebration of science and critical thinking. Attendees are informed and inspired by leading scientists, educators, activists, and performers from a variety of disciplines – each bringing their own perspective and passion to the goal of fostering a more rational world.

Founded in 2009, NECSS is a not-for-profit conference run by a staff of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. Conference activities take place during “NECSS weekend” and include workshops, panel discussions, individual presentations, live podcasts, social gatherings, and entertainment.

In addition to the thousands of people who have attended NECSS in person, conference proceedings are shared with the world via the NECSS YouTube channel and its participating podcasts, The Skeptics Guide to the Universe and Rationally Speaking (listenership 225,000+).

Past conference presenters include: Bill Nye, Mariette DiChristina, Jennifer Michael Hecht, Susan Jacoby, Lawrence Krauss, Leonard Mlodinow, Paul Offit, John Allen Paulos, Massimo Pigliucci, Phil Plait, James Randi, Jon Ronson, Eugenie C. Scott, Simon Singh, Michael Shermer, Seth Shostak, Richard Wiseman, and Carl Zimmer.

Conference Details

Important information about NECSS 2017

Speakers

30+ speakers are expected for NECSS 2017!

Venue

NECSS takes place at FIT in New York City.

Hotel

Discounted rooms are available at the Hilton Fashion District.

Schedule

Lectures, panels, socials, performances, and workshops.

Schedule

The full conference schedule will be released shortly. All times are approximate and the schedule is subject to change.

  • 10:00am 11:15am
    Workshop 1A –Niki Athanasiadou / Thinking Like a (Data) Scientist / Room TBA
  • 10:00am 11:15am
    Workshop 1B –Steve Lundquist / If You Look Outside the Right Side of the Aircraft: Still Not a UFO / Room TBA
  • 11:15am 12:30pm
    Workshop 2A –Steve Novella / How to Survive in an Alternative Fact, Fake News World / Room TBA
  • 11:30am 12:15pm
    Workshop 2B –Brian Wecht/Jay Novella / The Art of Conversation / Room TBA
  • 2:15pm 4:00pm
    Workshop 3A –Spyrodon Condos/Yelena Bernadskaya / How to Argue with Yourself / Room TBA
  • 2:15pm 4:00pm
    Workshop 3B –Steve Novella / How to Survive in an Alternative Fact, Fake News World / Room TBA
  • 3:45pm 5:00pm
    Workshop 4A –Brian Wecht/Jay Novella/Steve Novella / The Best Moments in Sci-Fi Movie History / Room TBA
  • 3:45pm 5:00pm
    Workshop 4B –Robyn Stein DeLuca / Men Make War and Women Take Care? A Skeptical Look at Who Does the Fighting and Who Does the Helping / Room TBA
  • 7:00pm 8:30pm
    SGU Private Show –Steve Novella, Jay Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Evan Bernstein, Bob Novella, & Special Guest / Room TBA
  • 9:30am 6:00pm
    Main Conference –Science-Based Medicine Programming / Haft Auditorium
  • 08:00pm 10:00pm
    An Evening with James Randi –James Randi / Magic, Illusion, and the Paranormal / Haft Auditorium
  • 9:30am 6:00pm
    Main Conference –Participants to be announced / Haft Auditorium
  • 8:00pm 11:00pm
    NECSS Social –All NECSS Attendees (please register in advance) / Location TBA
  • 9:30am 6:00pm
    Main Conference –Participants to be announced / Haft Auditorium

Registration

Registration is available for single-day and 3-day passes. Workshops and ancillary events are add-on items to main conference registration. Members of NECSS sponsor organizations and students are eligible for discounted registration.

$195
General Admission - 3 Day Pass
General Admission to all three days of the main conference programming
  • Main Conference - All 3 Days
  • Can register for Thursday workshops
  • Can register for Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Discount to Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``
  • Includes Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free Swag
$75
Student Admission - 3 Day Pass
Student Admission to all three days of the main conference programming
  • Main Conference - All 3 Days
  • Can register for Thursday workshops
  • Can register for Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Discount to Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``
  • Includes Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free swag
$750
Premium Pass- 3 Day All Event Pass + More
All NECSS events + backstage lunch for two with speakers
  • Main Conference - All 3 Days
  • Includes all Thursday workshops
  • Includes Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Includes Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``
  • Includes Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free Swag
$95
General Admission - 1 Day Pass
General Admission to a single day of the main conference programming
  • Main Conference - Single Day
  • Can register for Thursday workshops
  • Can register for Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Discount to Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``
  • Includes Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free Swag
$45
Student Admission - 1 Day Pass
Student Admission to a single day of the main conference programming
  • Main Conference - Single Day
  • Can register for Thursday workshops
  • Can register for Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Discount to Friday's ``An Evening With James Randi``
  • Includes Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free Swag
$35
Ticket - An Evening With James Randi
Ticket to Friday evening show only (no conference attendance)
  • Ticket to Friday evening show
  • Thursday workshops
  • Thursday SGU Private Show
  • Saturday NECSS Social
  • Saturday lunch for two with speakers
  • Free Swag
An Evening with James Randi
Lecture + Audience Q&A
Discounted admission for NECSS 2017 attendees